Ape and Essence Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which book does Dr. Poole save from the book burning ordered by the Chief?

2. The Chief figure declares that he is operating under what type of government?

3. Where does the granddaughter of William Tallis live?

4. How does Loola feel about the beating of the young woman at the hands of the primitives' religious leader?

5. By the time Cottonwood Ranch is visited, how long had William Tallis been dead?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the New Zealand Rediscovery Expedition, and what is its mission?

2. What background information is the narrator able to learn about William Tallis?

3. What point does the script narrator make about baboons and knowledge?

4. How do Chief and Dr. Poole clash over books at Pershing Square?

5. What are the specifics of Bob Briggs' personal troubles at the outset of the novel?

6. What does Bob Briggs ask Lou Lublin for, and why? How does this relate to a religious painting?

7. Describe the opening of the movie "Ape and Essence."

8. Set the scene for the opening of the novel. What is happening? When?

9. Describe the moment involving a religious rite practiced by the Satanic Science Practitioner.

10. How does Bob Briggs help Rosie?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain how the back story and plot points of the script "Ape and Essence" reveal the author's own fears about the threat of nuclear war and annihilation.

Essay Topic 2

What is the role of Science in Ape and Essence? How does science drive the plot? Character motivations? How does Huxley regard the pursuit of Science? Is science a danger as well as a potential boon? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

The poetry of Percy Shelley is a crucial element in the novel. Examine the passages of Shelley's poetry engraved on William Tallis' gravestone. What does this poetry mean? Why was it chosen for the tombstone? What overall message should the reader take away from this poetry?

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